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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Ann is the wine barrel aged version of Anna (1902-?), our grandfather’s sister as well as the name of our Honey Saison. In her honor, we fill French Oak wine barrels with honey saison and allow the beer to mature in the presence of our resident microflora. After many months, a beautifully complex beer emerges--Anna becomes Ann. Naturally carbonated and dipped in beeswax, Ann displays the microflora of her landscape. This the ale that I dreamed to have shared with Anna.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
In short: An uber-rustic, oaky and honeyed blond Saison. Elegant, complex, excellent.
How: Bottle 750ml, thick yellow bee wax. Consumed 5 months after the beer release. First batch (only batch so far). Bottle #258.
The look: Cloudy blond body topped by a medium off-white head with good retention.
In long: Nose is very rustic, quite oaky and also a bit honeyed. Overall very bright and clean nose that is a bit like Anna but with extra rusticity and oaky notes. Taste starts with very nice crisp cereals, slightly honeyed and with a fresh hay sensation. There’s a nice oak presence that is not overdone. Also lemon zest, oaky white wine, a strong rustic yeast presence that doesn’t go into wild/brett territory, a fun cobweb sensation. Dry oaky finish with the rusiticy shining. A beer that is both nourishing and refreshing. Superb mouthfeel with a full body and a lively carbonation. The world that kept coming back to my mind was “elegant”. Extremely pleasant to drink, this is almost a thirst beer which is very unusual for such a highly rated beer, high scores on ratebeer are usually reserved for high-intensity beers. Hill Farmstead are brewing the best Saisons on the planet, no doubt about this anymore, and with a Saison lineup that includes Arthur, Art, Flora, Vera Mae, Civil Disobediences and more, I only rank Ann as a slightly above average Hill Farmstead Saison. I’d like to get a few more bottles, but unfortunately finding a bottle of Ann just by asking around is as unlikely as catching a fish just by standing next to a lake going “fishy, fishy fishy...".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2013
Bottle generously shared by Dak @ Woodshed 2.0! Cloudy 14 karat pour with a tightly packed ivory crown. Lemon zest, earthy with some green grass notes, spicy pepper, yeast, oak, and buttery Chardonnay. Light, refreshing, and incredibly complex for the ABV. Really enjoyed it and shocked I got a chance to try this gem!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10738) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 20, 2013
Cloudy gold/yellow pour. White head. Dusty nose, wheat, oak, wine, yeast, fruit. Flavor is yeasty, funky, floral, fruit, light citrus. Yes!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
phaleslu (8215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by Tyler- thanks again, Tyler! Bottle #171. Pours a cloudy orange-gold with a medium white head. Aroma of oak, pale malts, cobwebs/basement funk, apricot, lemon, herbs, straw, and leather. Flavor of lemon, apricot, peach, honey, oak, straw, cobwebs, and white wine. Light-medium bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bright, tart, funky mouthfeel. Light oils coat the palate. So good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sarro (132) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours hazed, pineapple juice yellow. Thin white head. Nose is light flower, elderflower and sour wheat. Taste is creamy, soft sour wheat. Medium bodied. Soft, slight oak finish with some light chardonnay notes. One of my favorite beers ever, especially fresh. What an elegant treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip. From notes. Ann has a great cloudy golden straw appearance with a fluffy white cap. The aroma is full of honey, white grapes, straw, and pale malts, with the microflora, pear, and lemon zest taking a bit of a backseat. My first sip starts out nicely sweet with honey and light malts. White grapes and pear add a little bit of fruit character to the sweetness. Straw, grass, and a mineral presence come in later on, followed by a spicy oak note, with the finish ultimately being dry and clean. Ann has a slightly heavier body than Anna does with a little bit less carbonation, but overall it still has a medium body with a moderate level of crisp carbonation. There is a bit of a zesty tartness that will probably continue to develop over time. It is fairly dry. Even someone who does not go crazy for saisons has to appreciate the quality of a beer like this. The original beer is delicate and complex, and the aging process has only added to the character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (13592) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 20, 2013
Bottle. golden colour with a white head. Aroma is yeast, spices, fruit, lemon. Flavour is yeast, spices, fruit, flower, lemon. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (41314) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2013

Bottle 750ml.

[ Bottle # 108/300 ]. Clear medium orange yellow colour with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, moderate yeasty, grape, white wine, leather - brett notes. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate acidic with a long duration, dry, tart white wine, fruity, grape, fruity - honey sweet, grape - wine - citrus tart. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Aroma is a bit weak but flavor is very powerfull and very complex, and as normal with Hill Farmsted very very balanced. [20121109]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (5090) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle shared at joeec’s end of the world party. Poured a slight hazed golden body under a big fluffy bright white head. Aroma of subtle lemon, wheat, light citrus, hint of white pepper, slight funk and floral notes. The most delicate mouthfeel I have ever experienced, my notes actually say "it’s like eating a newborn baby", yup the palate was that delicate. Flavor also had a delicate feel about it. It was almost like if you used to much pressure to swallow that the beer would berak apart. Very floral overall with notes of lemon, citrus juice, very slight white wine, yeast, cask wood. Great stuff and still amazed by the palate on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2012
bottle generously shared by wherethewildbeersat at our pre thanksgiving whale tasting. I could smell the beeswax for days nice little touch. Bottle poured a hazy yellow with tight carbonation bubbles which lasted throughout my taste. Nose was strong white wine, from the barrel aging. Taste was bright, citric, slightly floral with a sweet(honey) dry white wine finish. Overall this was good but not my favorite by HF and I certainly wouldnt go through the lengths or trade what I did for this bottle again. From what I hear, it was much better fresh. Never the less I am extremely appreciative of Joey for opening his bottle and will look to trade mine for something that we can both enjoy.

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